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A Sampling from November's Newsletter: (click the cover for more info & reviews)


Brad's Literary Long Weekend in the East Bay

Our Oakland bookseller, Brad, is an unabashed cheerleader for the East Bay. Unsurprisingly, he also knows a thing or two about the bookstores in the area. In this recent piece for Literary Hub, he provides a whirlwind bike tour of some of the funkiest ones Oakland and Berkeley has to offer. 

The Rise of "Cosmic Horror"

We are but days away from Halloween, and while it is nearly too late for me to make the changes to my get-up that will adequately distinguish James Joyce (circa, the Eyepatch years) from a bog-standard pirate, it's never too late to read for you to some good horror! I'm quite fond of this recent list by Flavorwire, discussing the new wave of "Cosmic Horror""There is something about the material fear of the ineffable, the strange, the alien that chimes more with the sad music of my soul."

This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man

As in your finances, conversations, and life in general, a little generosity in your reading sometimes goes a very long way. This is a rich, contextualized response to anti-Thoreau orthodoxy.

Jojo Moyes in Oakland!

Our luncheon with Jojo Moyes in Oakland was a blast! Jojo moved to different tables for each course so she could chat with all her fans ... we loved that!

Thanks to Marica Restaurant for preparing an excellent meal and providing excellent service. And so many more thanks to all who attended this memorable luncheon! Be on the look out: more luncheons on the horizon. 

New Books, you say? NEW BOOKS!

This Flavorwire list -- 33 Must-Read Books for Fall 2015 -- is fantastic, and contains many of our favorites for the upcoming months. So much good stuff coming out. Come! Tell us, finger dug deeply into the binding of the new Ferrante, marking your place, what you’re excited to begin reading! 

We Love Our Displays

Of the display changes we've made in Oakland recently, this revolving / thematic ladder is one of my favorites.

We've Been Tidying Up the Joint!

Last fall we invited you to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary by contributing to an IndieGoGo campaign. This summer, the fruits of your generosity have begun growing.

Back in late-May you in Oakland might've noticed a new set-up at the front counter. The computers had moved, you observed! Indeed, we pointed out, they have been moved and changed! Transactions became noticeably faster! Gone was the dot-matrix screech! That was Phase One.

This is Phase Two: PAINT! Tell us what you think of the new look.

Meet YA @ Diesel

Sci-Fi for All

There’s a lot of new adult science fiction in the store this month, so it seemed right to review one here, but which one to choose? Ernest Cline’s new book Armada is crammed with pop-culture references, just like his previous novel Ready Player OneThe Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is a stark near-future military thriller. There are also new books by genre legends William Gibson and Neal Stephenson for those who like their science fiction more cerebral. In the end I chose to review Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, but check out those other sci-fi titles too, they’re all good in surprisingly different ways.

Be sure to check out this month’s young adult newsletter for reviews of books by Tim Hall, Sarah Dessen, Adam Silvera, and Kim Stanley Robinson.